One of Japan’s Most Scenic Train Lines
Regularly cited as one of Japan’s most beautiful gorges and train journeys, the Kurobe Gorge Railway is a single track, narrow-gauge train line that follows the Kuronagi River along the beautiful ravine.
Originally built as part of the construction of the nearby Kurobe Dam, today, the railway is a popular sightseeing train running from Unazuki Station to Keyakidaira Station. Running between those stations, the line extends 20km over more than 20 bridges and through 40 tunnels stopping at three stations – Kuronagi Kanetsuri and Keyakidaira.
Passengers can ride all the way to Keyakidaira or disembark at the earlier stations. Along the route there are additional stations however these are not open to the public*.
Open to the public from mid-April until late-November, the railway is busiest in autumn, when the forested gorge turns a stunning mix of red, amber, gold and brown. The beautiful autumn leaves draw visitors from all over Japan, a truly spectacular journey and experience.
Trains include a variety of cars, most of which are open-sided with four-person bench seats. Being open to the elements, the railway connects passengers to the landscape through which they are moving – a truly beautiful and engaging experience. Some trains also include sealed carriages with more spacious seating which can be booked at an additional cost.
From Unazuki Station, the following times and fares apply:
to Kuronagi: 25 min / JPY660
to Kanetsuri: 60 min / JPY1410
to Keyakidaira: 80 min / JPY1980
*Please note, in April and May, some services also stop and allow passengers to disembark at Sasadiara Station. For daily train schedules, refer to our ‘Kurobe Gorge Railway Timetable’ page.
Tickets are purchased at the terminus, Unazuki Station. For further information, please refer to our ‘Highlights of the Kurobe Gorge Railway’ page.